Milano: F. Lucca [PNs 639-655], . Oblong folio. Full burgundy cloth with decorative blindstamping and floral gilt device to upper, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank),  (blank), 4-243 pp. Each number with separate caption title and some with separate pagination. Engraved.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981).
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed and bumped; spine faded. Scattered light foxing throughout, mostly contained to margins; dark stain to lower margin of pp. 105-110.
Possible First Edition, issued in the same year as the Ricordi edition. OCLC 52924718.
Mercadante's opera I normanni a Parigi, to a libretto by Felice Romani, was first performed at the Teatro Regio in Turin on February 7, 1832. It was his most successful opera at the time of its premiere but was soon overshadowed by his mature works such as Il giuramento (1837) and Il reggente (1843).
"In the early part of his career, like virtually all his contemporaries, Mercadante was a follower of Rossini ... But by 1832 ... the boot was on the other foot and it was certainly the examples of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Bellini’s Norma that prompted the new seriousness of purpose, the original touches of harmony and inventive instrumentation, which help out the otherwise rather creaking structure of I normanni a Parigi." Michael Rose in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
Ricci was an important figure in the transmission of 19th century traditions passed on to him by noted baritone Antonio Cotogni (1831-1918), whom he accompanied from the age of 12. He was active as a vocal coach at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he taught (amongst many others) Sesto Bruscantini, Anna Moffo, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Peter Lindroos, and Martti Wallén. Item #31341
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